Thursday, August 30, 2012

Modern & Classic Stationary

The wedding invitation is the 'first impression' that your guests have about your wedding; unless of course you do a save the date! But today, we are focused on modern and classic wedding invitations.

Check out one of Simply Events' bride's wedding invitation.  We love the custom made monogram created for this special couple! In an effort to be more cost effective, they opted for the reply cards to be postcard size. This is a great idea if you're on a budget as they mail for just $.32!








Do you want to set a more formal impression upon your wedding guests? Check out these amazing wedding invitations. These were also custom made for a Simply Event bride!




Are you having trouble figuring out the perfect way to set off your wedding? Or maybe you're just having trouble with your invitation wording.  You can count on us to help ease the stress! Contact us today to learn more about our a-la-carte service of invitation wording and more!










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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

How To: Create a Mickey & Minnie Mouse Centerpiece

It's hard to believe my son, Grant, will be 1 year old on September 14.  However, I am having a blast planning his 1st birthday party!

My niece, Astella, is only 3 weeks younger than Grant so we are doubling the fun by combining parties and we have decided to do a Mickey & Minnie Mouse themed birthday party.

Our table centerpieces are going to be Minnie & Mickey Mouse heads.

Supplies needed:
  • Two 5" Styrofoam balls ($3.99 each at Hobby Lobby)
  • One 12" half Styrofoam ball ($9.99 at Hobby Lobby)
  • Spool of ribbon
  • Design Master glossy black spray paint ($7.49 at Michael's)
  • Wooden dowel rods ($2.47 for a pack 30 at Hobby Lobby)
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors 
  • Vase with rocks
     
    Make sure you use a water based spray paint.  If you use 'regular' spray paint, it will eat the styrofoam and become blistery.  
     I used Design Master brand and it worked perfectly!
     Again, DO NOT use regular spray paint!

Step #1:
Take two dowel rods and stick them through the two 5" balls.

















Step #2:
Spray paint the Styrofoam balls and let dry.
*You will need to do 2 - 3 coats of spray paint to get an even finished look. Let each coat dry before you do the next.












You can see here that I propped up the two 5" balls so that they could dry evenly. I just stuck the wooden dowel rods into a vase filled with rocks. 



Step #3:
Stick the two 5" balls (which are now the ears) into the side of the 12" half ball.

Tie a bow with your ribbon and glue it onto the side right below the ear!









For more DIY party decor idea, contact us today!

Make sure you check back at the end of September for all the Minnie & Mickey decor that we will have at my son's 1st birthday party!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Rainbow of Options

Gone are the days of the matchy-matchy bridal party.  There is a new trend that is becoming more and more popular, and personally we L.O.V.E it! A mismatched bridal party.

This new trend breaks the tradition that has been set for many years, and allows the bridal party to truly make a statement at your wedding.  Who says that all bridal party members have to wear the same dress or color?  There are so many fun ideas to add personality and pop to your bridal party.


We love this pastel color pallet! 

This bridal party just screams fun! 

We love the rainbow of colors that this bridal party is displaying! 

This is also a great way to tie all those colors together, that is both fun for the guests and for the new couple. 

If the different color dresses is a little much for you, you could hold onto a piece of tradition and still add pops of different colors.



Are you a bride who is just beginning to look into bridal party attire?  Take a chance and think outside of typical tradition.  It is sure to wow your crowd!

Contact us for more information.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Bachelorette Party Planning Giveaway!

Are you a maid of honor, bridesmaid, mother, or mother-in-law-to-be who is trying to plan the perfect bachelorette party?  If you answered yes, then this is one giveaway that you do not want to miss!! 

We at Simply Events are hosting an amazing giveaway for one lucky winner!   We know planning a bachelorette party can be stressful.  There are so many elements to coordinate when trying to plan the perfect night! That's where we come in! 



We are giving away a FREE bachelorette party planning package. Yes, you read correctly...FREE!!!

Bachelorette Party Planning 
Giveaway DETAILS!

This giveaway includes:
  • An initial consultation with two Simply Events planners to discuss your vision for the big night out. We will get to know you and go over some important questions that will help us determine how to help craft an amazing bachelorette party.  We will talk about how you want the bride and other ladies to remember the night, what is most important to you about this night, what your budget for this big night out is, and more!
  • We will then find the perfect venue(s), transportation, hotel accommodations, reservations, and all other vendors that fit within your budget, while still providing you with the bachelorette party that you're longing for! 
  • A meeting one (1) week out with both Simply Events party planners to go over all the final details of the night.  You will have a timeline with all the information needed to WOW the bride-to-be! We will even come set up the party space with your decorations so that you don't have to!
Are you excited yet?  This is not a joke, but a wonderful opportunity for you to supply the bride-to-be with a bachelorette party second to none!

You may be asking yourself...
How do I enter this giveaway?  
Here are the details:
  1. Become a follower of our blog.  Leave 1 comment on our blog informing us you did so. 
  2. Follow Simply Events LLC on Pinterest.  Leave 1 comment on our blog informing us you did so.
  3. Like Simply Events on Facebook.  Leave 1 comment on our blog informing us you did so.
  4. Post our giveaway as your Facebook status with a link to our Facebook page.  Leave 1 comment on our blog informing us you did so.  
That's right, you have four (4) ways to win!!  Leave 4 comments stating you completed the steps listed above and you will be entered 4 times into the giveaway!! 

The Winner will be announced Friday August 31st at 2 pm!!!!! 


Don't wait!! Get your entries in now! 

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Jingle Bells Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells?  You may be wondering why we are in the Christmas spirit before Halloween has even arrived? The answer, Christmas Events! Christmas celebrations are a huge hit in corporate and social circles.  They take time, preparation, and can be super stressful if they are pushed to the last minute. Lucky for you we are here to help!

You may be a corporation planning a Christmas event to celebrate your employees, a person planning a charity event, or someone who just wants to throw an amazing party.  We are the perfect event planners for you!

We will meet with you for an initial consultation to discover what dreams and goals you have for your celebration.  We will then find the perfect vendors, location, entertainment and more to make your Christmas event a success.  We will handle all the details while you just relax and enjoy your celebration come to life.




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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Book Your Hotel Room Early!



A common question we receive from brides seeking advice is "how early do I need to book my hotel room and my guests' hotel rooms?" Our answer, as soon as possible.  This wedding planning task is often overlooked. Yet, this HUGE detail is one that will give you a place to rest after a long night of getting married and celebrating! Make sure you book your hotel room shortly after you decide on your wedding date. If you wait too long, you may be getting the room directly across from the elevators and ice machine at a Motel 8 - romantic way to spend your wedding night, right?! Eh, not so much!! BOOK EARLY!




Four more things to know before booking your block(s) of rooms:
  1. It is very important to set aside time in your schedule to call several different hotels to get quotes on their rooms for your guests.   This can be a very a time consuming task, so make sure you schedule time for it and do not plan or making 'quick calls' during your work breaks!
  2. It may seem crazy, but hotels often book up quickly - especially during holiday weekends! For example, if you are having your wedding over Memorial Day Weekend in Cincinnati, remember that there is Taste of Cincinnati that same weekend. Rooms are booking up fast! So, if you haven't held a block of rooms at this point, we suggest doing so now!
  3. It is important to hold a block of rooms at two different hotels for your guests.  Each hotel should be different in price per room. Make sure you offer your guests a more affordable option in addition to the luxury suites! 
  4. They will want your first and last name as well as your future hubby's first and last name. Why, you may ask? So that when your guests call to book a room, they will know which block of rooms to take the room from! For instance, say the bride's last name is Walton and the groom's last name is Harris. Make sure that you hold the rooms under Walton/Harris.  Because we all know that someone coming in from out of town from your future husbands family doesn't know your last name! So, make is easy on them and just add his last name!! Make sense?! 

Can't find the time to do this wedding planning task? Contact us today to learn how we can help make this big detail more manageable!



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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

How To Wednesday; Ribbon Ball

We are loving How to Wednesday.  It is so fun to share DIY projects that have been used for past events, and we hope that you have been inspired. This week we are going to show you how to transform a boring Styrofoam ball into a wonderful event decor element.

What you will need:

  • A round styrofoam ball
  • 3 rolls of ribbon (color of your choice) Also, wider ribbon works best.
  • Stick pins (You can buy a pack at Hobby Lobby for around 3.00
Step 1:  Cut your ribbon into equal 1/2 inch lengths. 
Step 2: Take your plain styrofoam ball, a stick pin, and one piece of ribbon.  Starting at the bottom fold your ribbon in half, and place it on the styrofoam ball with a stick pin.  


Step 3:  Repeat step 2 until entire ball is covered with ribbon.  Make sure to work from the bottom up.  
Step 4:  Place the finished ball on a wooden stick, include it in a wreath etc.  The uses are endless. 

Finished Product:



I hope you enjoyed this week's how to.  Please feel free to contact us for more great ideas! 
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wedding Trend...Colored Linens!

It's time for our weekly trend update and today we are focused on linens!

Now, some of you may think; relax, it's just a tablecloth!  We want you to know that the word tablecloth is equivalent to nails on a chalkboard to event designers.  Table linens are meant to add elegance to your event. Whether you are hosting a bridal shower, birthday celebration, wedding, or corporate function, linens are an inexpensive way to spice up your next event design.


Now, there is nothing wrong with the standard black, white, or ivory linen. However, if you can find room in the budget, adding this pop of color will wow your guests and give them something to remember!


Purple linens
See how these purple linens add elegance and interest to the space?!


Pink linens and white napkins
Even these soft pink linens add just enough color to this event!









   Do you need help in figuring out which linens would go with your design best? Or do you need vendor referrals on where to get linens?  Call (513-292-7294) or email us today - we would love to help!
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Monday, August 20, 2012

Type of Bar Service

Last Friday, we asked our Facebook friends if they had or are having a full open bar, beer & wine, or cash bar at their wedding.  Well, the results are in and offering your guest a full open bar is the clear winner!


60% of our voters had or are having a full open bar while 33.33% of the voters opted for a beer & wine option.  We originally had another option of 'Cash Bar' for our voters, yet 0 people chose that answer.  However, we did have one friend write in the answer of 'No Bar' - which took 6.67% of the votes.



We also had two comments about the questions.  Each of these individuals voted for the Full Open Bar.
  • "If it is within budget, just classier to offer it that way."
  • "That was 28 years ago. I think beer and wine is great. We were at a wedding years back and they had a champagne fountain. it was great."

No matter what you decide to offer at your wedding, just remember that your guests are ultimately there to celebrate you and your new husband or wife!  If offering a full bar is not within the budget but you want to provide something more than beer and wine, try incorporating a signature drink. Often signature drinks are more meaningful and your guests remember them forever!



Do you need help determining what to offer and what would work within your budget? Contact us today for a complimentary consultation! 




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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Simply Day-Of Services

Are you a DIY bride who enjoys the planning process? Do you have concerns about how all your hard work is going to be executed on your big day? The last thing you want is for your months and months of planning to fall apart on your dream day!  This is where trusted wedding professionals, like Simply Events, come in!

With our Simply Day-Of package, we provide peace of mind for the DIY bride and her family and friends.  Our services begin about 4-6 weeks out from your wedding day.  At this time, we will sit down with the bride & groom and other important persons and learn anything and everything there is to know about your dreams for the big day. We will create and execute a full day timeline that encompasses every aspect of the wedding day, including all your vendors. We will ensure that your wedding day is flawless and everything you have dreamed.

The best part, you get to ENJOY the day stress free!



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Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Wonders of Lighting

Lighting, it's simply amazing in wedding decor.  It encompasses the power to transform a regular, pretty space into something magical.  Lighting romanticizes the wedding, and truly makes guests feel as though they have stepped into another world for your night of celebration.

The modern wedding has so many options in terms of lighting effects for both ceremony and reception.  Whether the bride is going simple rustic, or over the top glamorous lighting is the perfect addition!






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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

How to Wednesday; Quick Canvas Painting

Canvas art is a great addition to any event.  It is a timeless piece that can be used both at an event, and then recycled into your own home.  It is also a very inexpensive addition that can make a large impact in terms of decor.  Today we are going to share with you a simply way to spruce up a plain white canvas.  

What you will need: 
  • A plain white canvas of any size
  • Peel and stick letters (make sure they are the size you want).
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic crafting paint
  • A ruler 
You begin with your plain white canvas.  Decide whether or not you want it to be a horizontal work of art or a vertical one.  

Take your peel and stick letters, and your ruler.  

Place the ruler in a straight line across the canvas.  This will be your guide to keeping your letter straight.
Take your peel and stick letters and remove each letter one at a time, and place them on the canvas to make a saying.  This could be (Happy Birthday, Jone's Family Established on 00/00/00 etc.).  The goal is to make it a piece of art that can be used again.  

Once the letters are placed on the canvas, check to make sure they are all straight. Correct any non straight letter, or any letter that is bent.  

You will then take your paint and paintbrush and begin painting over the entire canvas. Make sure you cover the letters as well as all the white area of the canvas.  You may want to do a couple of coats.

Once the paint has dried begin removing the peel and stick letters one at a time, very slowly.  

The finished product is a multi-purposee work of art that will be great for both your home, and your event.



Contact us today for more information regarding multi-purpose decor.  
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Shuttle Service

Many brides dream of having their wedding at a over the top, out of the ordinary location.  They long to steer clear of the banquet hall reception, and allow their guests to experience a one of  a kind wedding.  However, a lot of times the dream location lacks room and board for the guests of the weddings. This often  leaves the bride to worry about the safety of her guests as they leave the wedding.  A new trend in the wedding world solves this issue, a Shuttle Service.

The use of a shuttle service has become a new norm for a wedding.  It allows the bride to book the venue of her dreams, while at the same time providing peace of mind and safety for her guests.  The shuttles can be booked for the entire day, and can bring guests to the venue and take them home. Shuttles range in size, and amenities that they include .  Some brides may opt for the shuttle to be simply a means of transportation, while some may opt to keep the party going, and may book a party bus.  Either way, a shuttle is a great addition to any wedding that requires guests to travel.





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